As you can see the wood is quite dry showing those splits in the wood. So the trick is to get as much yield as possible in order to make up a block suitable for engraving.
Having cut a slice from the “loaf” I’ll be able to plan how best to get good sized chunks for sanding and edging so they can be glued together to form a nice seamless block. It’s a bit of work but I enjoy it. Trouble is, with so much invested it makes engraving the finished and polished block all the more intimidating.
I’m aiming for a couple of wood engraving blocks of approximately 4″ by 6″ each. Of course I won’t be able to get that from just one of those slices.